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APEVIA X-Plorer ATXB8KLW-BL Black/Blue Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs Decent Case for money 01/08/2010

This review is from: APEVIA X-Plorer ATXB8KLW-BL Black/Blue Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Pros: It's a nice looking case and the integrated fan control and temperature gauge is a plus. There's a fair amount of space inside and it holds up very well to beatings. Spacing between the cards and the drives is done right, although it might be tight at times. Mine has been on my floor for four years and thus far there are no real problems with it. Fans are set up to draw from front and exhaust out top, back, and sides and the vent is actually located in the right spot for most PCI fans.

Cons: No HD cooling fans. The holes and the vents are in the metal, but the plastic facade doesn't have any vents. I ended up buying a new fan and Dremeling some vents in after one of my HD's read 150*F. Things are much cooler now. The wiring for the front LED's is also a little cheap, they're beginning to go out on me after several years and there's no easy access to them. The USB ports are upside-down and too close together. There's no space behind the mobo panel to tuck wiring away.

Other Thoughts: It's a good case for little money with some pizazz. I think my next case is going to be a bit more expensive and this one is going to some other build, but it's served me well for some time.

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Microsoft QWA-00002S 5 Buttons Tilt Wheel 2.4 GHz Wireless Laser Mouse 6000
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggs It's ok, but for the money? Nah... 05/20/2009

This review is from: Microsoft QWA-00002S 5 Buttons Tilt Wheel 2.4 GHz Wireless Laser Mouse 6000

Pros: Well designed ergonomically if you use a large handgrip on your mouse. There's space to place your pinky and the mouse moves freely. Decent twist to the mouse and the main two buttons work well. Good laser accuracy and the lag is imperceptible.

Cons: The center button (aka: the wheel) takes a *hard* press to engage. Royally screws you if you're gaming, CAD'ing, or anything elsing that needs that button. Wheel physically catches (you can feel it getting stuck) and requires extra force at times, making scrolling jumpy. Aux buttons are poorly placed and waaaay too small (the Logitech MX500 series chassis is much better.) I think they were just put there for looks. CD with drivers etc... was bent, had to download from MS.

Other Thoughts: Track wheel doesn't "click" as you move it, not a huge deal to me, but it doesn't make sense to remove the click after all the other mice have it.

The mouse is a classic Microsoft product. They saw good things (the side buttons, the ergonomic shape) from other makers and they copied it quickly, threw a few snazzy features on it, and marketed it as "top of the line" when it's an imitation. I'm returning mine and getting something else, likely to be a Logitech.

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LITE-ON 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM IDE DVD Burner included extra White bezel
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works well.
Quiet.
Fast and pretty cheap.

Cons: Did not like my rig. I was upgrading anyway and so I stuck it into the new one a few months later and it worked fine. I RMA'd the previous one, installed drivers, played with BIOS, flashed the firmware, everything, could not get it to go.
Was running on an:
ABIT AN8 with a AMD 3500+ Clawhammer. The ABIT AN8 apparently doesn't like the drive.
Switched to an Intel Core 2 Duo on an ASUS P5K and all works splendidly.

Tech support is very sketchy. You're pretty much on your own for anything beyond basic stuff like checking cables and jumpers.

Other Thoughts: It's a gamble. Do you think it's worth the money on a drive that might or might not work.

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Display Name: Joshua K.

Date Joined: 01/04/05

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  • First Review: 03/05/07
  • Last Review: 01/08/10
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